Co-Founder / President
Laquita has nearly 30 years experience in personal training and fitness, including eleven years as the primary caregiver of an individual with a high level spinal cord injury. Laquita trained under Clinical Exercise Physiologist and former Professor of Kinesiology, Taylor-Kevin Isaacs to aid and assist her son, Aaron Baker, and other high level spinal cord injured clients with their exercise and stretching regiments at the Center of Achievement, California State University, Northridge. In 2007 and 2008, with her son, Laquita organized, directed, executed, and rode in two unprecedented, history making cross country bicycle tours, The Rise Above Tour, which showcased and promoted the benefits and necessity of ongoing therapeutic exercise. Their extraordinary story was presented through public speaking engagements in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, VA hospitals, universities, Assisted Living Centers. Laquita’s expertise and guidance is sought after by injured/chronically ill individuals and their families.
Prior to her son’s injury, Laquita was an international importer, designer, and partner in an exclusive art gallery, Conway of Asia, in Carmel, CA. She traveled throughout Europe and Asia as a buyer/seller of antiques, objet d’art, oriental rugs, and jewelry. With a reputation for a superior artistic flair and eye she was commissioned for home and commercial interior design. She negotiated the largest sales in the history of the gallery and expanded the business by opening two additional galleries on the Monterey Peninsula. Additionally, Laquita handled all marketing and advertising for the firm, directed TV commercials, and created the set design for photo shoots which were placed in international trade publications.
Co-Founder / VP / Ambassador
Aaron is a recovering quadriplegic, athlete, businessman, philosopher and friend. Prior to his injury he was a professional motorcycle racer. May 26, 1999 he crashed while training, breaking cervical vertebras 4-5-6 in his neck, instantly paralyzing his entire body.
Initially, Aaron was given a grim prognosis by multiple neurosurgeons of having only a “one in a million” chance of ever feeding himself again. The doctor’s projection was instantaneously rejected. Instead, he and his family immediately embraced a positive, proactive pursuit of healing, recovery and redefinition.
Aaron’s healing continues today because of his commitment to health and wellness, thus allowing him to set and achieve seemingly impossible feats of ability and adventure. Aaron has slowly and diligently compiled accomplishments, which have inevitably evolved, enabling him to walk with a cane, drive a vehicle and pedal a bicycle (under his own power) tens of thousands of miles across the United States (twice) and ultimately to the finish line at the Para Cycling National Championships.
Throughout this dynamic process of recovery, and in the face of immense, daily adversity, Aaron came to understand thathe can help people, by sharing his struggles and in turn, giving hope, inspiration and guidance to those without. It became clear to Aaron and his mother Laquita, that there is an absolute need for the general population to have access to ongoing restorative exercise if they so choose… Hence, C.O.R.E. was born
Taylor-Kevin Isaacs M.S., CPT, CSCS, MELT
Co-Founder / Restorative Exercise Master Specialist
Taylor is a highly credentialed award winning Kinesiologist/clinical exercise physiologist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. This former professor of Kinesiology at California State University in Northridge was named the IDEA Trainer of the Year in 2002, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Trainer/Clinical Exercise Specialist of the Year in 2002, and was the two-time Grand Champion MET-Rx World’s Best Trainer in 2000 and 2001. In July 2009, he was honored and recognized as an award winning IDEA expert author.
Taylor holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology/Clinical Exercise Physiology which is defined as: A scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation. Includes instruction in biomechanics, motor behavior, motor development and coordination, motor neurophysiology, performance research, rehabilitative therapies, the development of diagnostic and rehabilitative methods and equipment, and related analytical methods and procedures in applied exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.
The Clinical Exercise Physiologist/Kinesiologist evaluates and designs a restorative exercise program to the immediate, primary, post-surgical or post-trauma rehabilitation client to maximize their function, independence and self-efficacy and to prevent the secondary complications and degenerative changes that typically follow a disabling condition.
The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification is highly specialized which identifies individuals, who have demonstrated proficiency and possess a sound knowledge in the areas of proper strength training and conditioning practices. This includes designing and implementing safe and effective training programs. Professionals from a variety of academic and career backgrounds hold this prestigious credential. This diverse group includes strength coaches, athletic team coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, physicians, chiropractors, and university faculty (researchers & educators). A CSCS certification will let the patient know that they have chosen to work with a highly qualified professional, who has passed the most challenging certification exam in the field of strength and conditioning.
Brittney Barfield M.S.
R.E.S. (Restorative Exercise Specialist) Team Lead
Brittney is currently a Restorative Exercise specialist at C.O.R.E. She graduated from California State University of Northridge with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. Brittney is now pursuing her continued education towards a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. She has been working for C.O.R.E for 2 years now and says:
“I couldn’t be happier to have found a place like C.O.R.E… I was drawn to C.O.R.E because I was inspired by the work of Taylor Isaacs and the unique approach in which they took on rehabilitation. It is here that I am able to work one on one with my clients and help them to reach their fullest potential. It is my passion here at C.O.R.E to provide hope, strength and possibilities for my clients. It feels good to be a part of a strong team filled with amazing individuals. I hope to continue to give inspiration to my clients as they continue to inspire me."
R.E.A. (Restorative Exercise Advisor)
Natalie holds a Masters degree in Kinesiology from California State University Northridge. Natalie recently graduated in December 2015. Natalie has worked at CSUN as a Teaching Associate where she designed and implemented specific programs for each client. This included land-based and aquatic-based adapted therapeutic exercises for clients with physical disabilities such as Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Parkinson’s disease at the Center of Achievement. She also served as the resource person for kinesiology students, staff members, interns, and clients who needed questions answered regarding the proper training regimens for each exercise and/or flexibility stretch.
Natalie also taught an aquatic aerobic dance class for students and staff members. This class was made specific for each individual’s needs. The class provided specific exercises for each individual. Natalie created choreography for each dance song with a routine. This class provided staff and clients with physical disabilities a safe and a fun way to engage group exercise.
Natalie also taught a deep water class for student, staff members, and clients. This group class was specific to clients’ needs that cannot weight bear on a land based exercise program. This class offered a deep water pool that lowers to the level of seven feet allowing each student, staff member, or client to exercise in the water with or without buoyancy equipment to make the exercises easier or harder. Natalie created and implemented activity plans for young children ages 6-10 with physical disabilities.
Natalie also was mentored by Dr. Romack at CSUN and instructed a Motor Development Lab for Kinesiology students. Natalie had the ability to enhance kinesiology students with a community service learning experience at a preschool site, to instruct the students and help them observe movement behaviors, movement skills, developmentally appropriate instructions to children, gathering data, analyzing results, comparing and discussing what and why each child is different with each movement skills.
Hobbies and interest include:
- Horseback riding is one of Natalie’s passions, she has a Percheron named Rosetta who is 17.1 hands and has competed in Dressage but now is pleasure riding. Rosetta has a kind disposition and is a mother of King Arthur who is now 8 years old. Natalie and her family have raised King Arthur since he was born.
- Natalie enjoys kickboxing classes, lifting weights, TRX Training, and Kettlebell Training.
- Natalie loves all types of country music!
- Natalie also enjoys gardening, softball, volleyball, bowling, and dancing.
“I am so beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work at C.O.R.E! I am blessed to be taken into the C.O.R.E family and cannot wait to make a difference in people’s lives”
Wonderful words to live each day by: “If you can dream it, you can do it” Walt Disney
R.E.A. (Restorative Exercise Advisor)
Jon holds a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from California State University Northridge(CSUN) and is currently working on his Masters degree in Adapted Physical Activity at CSUN as well. Jon has worked at the Center of Achievement at CSUN as a teaching associate helping undergraduate students learn and implement adapted exercise programs for individuals with a disability. Jon has experience land-based and aquatic-based therapeutic exercises which were offered at the Center of Achievement. Jon is looking forward to learning and sharpening his craft so he can provide the best quality of training and service to those at C.O.R.E.